PRIMATE ORIGINS: Adaptations and Evolution

  • Matthew J. Ravosa
  • Marian Dagosto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Supraordinal Relationships of Primates and Their Time of Origin

  3. Adaptations and Evolution of the Cranium

    1. C. J. Vinyard, M. J. Ravosa, S. H. Williams, C. E. Wall, K. R. Johnson, W. L. Hylander
      Pages 179-231
    2. C. F. Ross, M. I. Hall, C. P. Heesy
      Pages 233-256
    3. C. P. Heesy, C. F. Ross, B. Demes
      Pages 257-283
    4. M. J. Ravosa, D. G. Savakova, K. R. Johnson, W. L. Hylander
      Pages 285-328
  4. Adaptations and Evolution of the Postcranium

  5. Adaptations and Evolution of the Brain, Behavior, Physiology, and Ecology

About this book


This book updates, summarizes and synthesizes past and current research regarding the origin of the Order Primates. When did Primates arise? To what group of mammals are they most closely related? What is the functional and adaptive meaning of their constellation of derived characteristics? The papers in this volume examine hypotheses that have dominated our notions regarding early primate evolution and by coupling this with an emergent body of novel evidence due to new fossil discoveries and technological and methodological advances, provide a long overdue multidisciplinary reanalysis of the suite of derived life history, socioecological, neural, visual, circumorbital, locomotor, postural and masticatory specializations of the first primates. This integrative neontological and paleontological perspective is critical for understanding major behavioral and morphological transformations during the later evolution of higher primate clades. Primate Origins: Adaptations and Evolution is ideal for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and professionals in the fields of primatology, anthropology, mammalogy, and paleontology.


Mammalia adaptation classification ecology evolution mammals morphology phylogeny physiology primates taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew J. Ravosa
    • 1
  • Marian Dagosto
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cell and Molecular BiologyFeinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cell and Molecular BiologyFeinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-30335-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-33507-0
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